Jack Bradford Letter describing his World War II and Korean Way experiences

Jack Bradford Letter describing his World War II and Korean Way experiences

One of my 11 cousins that attended SMHS, Ben Brooks (1971), has a friend, Peter Day, that shared this letter that he received from Jack Bradford in 1998. Coach Bradford writes about his time in World War II and the Korean War. 

While this is a 2-page letter, and while our free SMHS1963 web hosting site does not allow a direct post of a .pdf file, the letter can be viewed by clicking on the two links below- one for Page 1- and one for Page 2.

It is well worth your time to read this letter.

Page 1 
Page 2

NEW: JUNE 2019

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From Roger Woodbury

Sad to read the latest post regarding our class losses. Hopefully Wendy is hanging out with Hollopeter. She and Caren certainly did such a wonderful job with the Reunions , and all the communications. And the teachers, Gentleman Jack Bradford, a good tennis coach and a teller of war stories from WW II. Who can forget Mr Ryan, his enthusiasm and wild gestures, embeded in my mind. Mr Purga, I brought over my partner and future wife Marsha to meet him after school. Then Mr Schickel was around. Used up my leave time, and post Vietnam off to Charleston AFB to finish off my AF time. Then off to New Zealand.

IN MEMORIAM: Nancy Obenchain Omeron

Nancy Obenchain Omeron, age 73, passed away on January 8, 2019 after a year-long battle with cancer.  She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Burridge/Bill; daughters Susie and Tiffany (husband Ben); grandsons Nate and Graham; and brother Tom (wife Hillary). The family is grateful for the support of Lutheran Hospice.  

Born in South Bend, IN, Nancy grew up in southern California and attended the University of Redlands and USC.  After marrying in 1968, Nancy and Bill lived and worked in Honolulu as CPAs. They moved to Lakewood in 1971 and have lived there since.  

Nancy’s passions included bell collecting, supporting and volunteering for the Second Wind Fund  and actively serving in her PEO Chapter. She loved to travel. Nancy made several trips to Europe and found her happy place on the island of Molokai.

There will be no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in Nancy’s honor to the Second Wind Fund [899 Logan St, Ste 311, Denver, CO 80203] or to the PEO Foundation Program for Continuing Education [3700 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-2899 specify “CO Chapter GE”].

From Jan Huff: Rest in peace, Nancy.

Shannon Cargo Ferguson- A celebration of Life

Here is the EVITE for Shannon’s memorial for Friday, Jan. 25th at
Salt Creek Grille from 12:00pm – 3:00pm. Please RSVP – we
greatly appreciate it and look forward to seeing anyone that can
come. Any questions please do not hesitate to contact
me: 949-540-8151
Click here — https://www.evite.com/event/022D77D3URSCX46FQEPJB3WFBWWNRI/rsvp?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=sharable_invite&utm_campaign=send_sharable_link

IN MEMORIAM: Shannon Cargo Ferguson

Shannon passed away on December 28th. She will be cremated in the dessert and Buddy will take her home to Laguna Niguel.

Janet Bruckner Maronde: Shannon is survived by her soulmate Buddy Ferguson (happily married since 1967) and her two children, Jill and Jeff. She was a very successful real estate broker in Laguna Beach where they moved after living for many years in Arcadia. Her business was still booming at the time of her passing and she had no plans to retire any time soon. I was privileged to have spent a wonderful week with Shannon and some of our very close high school friends in New Orleans in November. She was feeling fine and we had a host of terrific adventures making new memories and reminiscing about our long years of friendship and trips together. It’s so hard to say goodbye – we will miss her very much!

Shannon’s work colleague, Natalie Williams, adds: It is with deepest sorrow and broken hearts that I am writing this email to you all. Friday, December 28th 2018 marks a very devastating day as Shannon Ferguson has passed away.

Monday, December 17th Shannon passed out while vacationing with her Husband at a home they rented in Palm Desert. Shannon was admitted to the Neuro ICU as she was unconscious with massive amounts of blood in her brain. Shannon fought in and out of consciousness that week as the family & I waited for the blood to be drained enough out of her brain so we could understand more what happened. Shannon was able to hear us and squeeze/rub our hand from time to time and we all told her how very much she was loved. Christmas morning, the family found out that the severity of permanent damage would go far beyond Shannon’s wishes but then that night, the results of the tests finalized the hardest decision to make. Shannon had a softball size tumor attached to her kidney, a tumor on the bottom of her lung, and a tumor in her brain. They believe she had cancer throughout her body that traveled to her brain and caused the bleeding.

Thursday, December 27th Shannon’s breathing tube and other devices were removed so she could pass naturally on her own. Shannon was surrounded by her family loved ones and is suffering no more.
During this unimaginable time, please allow the Ferguson family to grieve this enormous and unexpected loss.

PLEASE FEEL FREE to contact me via email, phone call, or text message: 949-540-8151. I am 100% here for you all as Shannon has been my boss, mentor, friend, and most importantly considered a family member to me for the past 7 years.

This is a total and utterly shock to us all. Shannon appreciated each and every one of you and had a special place in her heart for every client, friend, and family member. Shannon’s fierce and beautiful presence was felt by everyone she met. She will never be forgotten.

Once the details of Shannon’s Memorial service are known, I will send another email blast.

Judi Haley Schoppmann put together a wonderful remembrance collage to honor Shannon. Classmates Dale Thomas, Janet Maronde, Laurie Owen, Barbara Zinner, Mindy Meifert, Karen Wilson, Pamela Jensen and Liz Lee appear in some photos.

Comment from Carole Sprague Cotter: I’m especially saddened to hear about the passing of Shannon Cargo. We were in Brownies and Girl Scouts together and it brings back so many old memories.

One I’d like to share is an overnight out to Joshua Tree. My Mom was troop leader and responsible for all the girls. Next thing she knows is looking up at the top of a mountain of rocks and Shannon is waving, “Hello, Mrs. Sprague”. Mom was not happy. Shannon was always at the front of the group, outgoing and fun-loving.

My condolences to her family.

Carole Sprague Cotter

Comment from Rick Bliss: Shannon was a respected darling.
Aloha dear miss, Rick

Comment from Sally Phillips Crawford

Thank you for keeping me posted. Shannon’s death was such a surprise. It appeared she lived a full, wonderful life without the knowledge of things that were not quite
right with her health. I think that might have been better. She had a long, loving marriage and wonderful friends. I value my childhood friends very much. I certainly send my love to her family and friends.
Sally Phillips Crawford (Tucson)

Webpage Moved

A bit of housekeeping today. The Class of 1963 webpage has moved. The new web address is https://smhs1963.wordpress.com

The new webpage is very similar to the old one. A new banner at top is really all that has changed. The webpage has 3 main areas: the body contains copies of then mails sent of class members. It is a convenient way to look for past emails. Secondly, it has tabs that direct you to photos of 2013 reunion as well as Andy Leaf’s video. And finally, there are tabs that list deceased classmates by both Last Name- and Date of Death.

The webpage had been hosted by GoDaddy.com since its inception in 2013, with a cost of a little over $100/year. The past couple years I have suspected that the webpage gets very little use. I found that wordpress.com has a FREE hosting for low volume webpages. But there is no such thing as a FREE LUNCH. First, the name WordPress is now required in the URL. Secondly you may be asked to accept cookies when you first access the page. You can either accept this (as I did)- and you will never have to bother with it again. Or you can continue to use the website- just ignore the request. Also, you may occasionally see ads pop up for something WordPress related- just ignore the ads.

The change in webpage address should cause no inconvenience. Every email will contain a box that states, “To Access Class Webpage, click here.” Nothing needs to be typed. If you ever need to access webpage directly, and can’t remember the address, just send me a quick email and I’ll send it to you.

COMMENTS: Comments on posts are encouraged. Best way to comment is simply to REPLY to this email. It will come to me, and I will post to the webpage. There is no way to comment directly on the webpage now.

Finally, don’t be shy if you have any news that you feel your SMHS classmates might be interested in- let me know.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.



NOTE: Both Deceased Classmates Lists were last updated May 2018. Next update end of this year.